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We just need to emphasize on what we’ve done really well: Kagiso Rabada

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Delhi Capitals (DC) pacer Kagiso Rabada, who stated that DC’s loss to Kings XI Punjab in their previous encounter was not quite a wake up call, had admitted that the loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) yesterday might have set a cat amongst some pigeons. 

Rabada, who returned figures of 2 for 33 in his 4 overs yesterday, said, “When you lose it is a bit of a concern. We started the tournament really well and set us up really nicely. We need to win one more game. We are looking to win at least two of the three remaining games but we need one more win to get into qualifying.

“That is just how the nature of the tournament is. It’s quality vs quality. Any team can rock up on the day. We’ve been playing some really good cricket. We just need to emphasize on what we’ve done really well. Just analyze where we’ve let the game slip away. We don’t need to focus on a big area. It happens in IPL. We back ourselves all the time. We are not too worried but just a little bit of concern.”

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Rabada explained the reason why DC ended up conceding 150 off the last 12 overs after getting off to such a good start, reducing KKR to 44/3. He said, “The pitch looked like it was easy paced and wasn’t gripping much. That forced us to be on the defensive. Nitish Rana and Narine batted really well. They really got the runs flowing. They are quality players who are also allowed to do well.

“In saying that, we back ourselves to get them out on any given day. We just have to see where we might have let it slip. We just need to focus on the details.

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“After the good start we had, we let it slip away a little bit. It can happen to anyone. It just wasn’t our day. We weren’t complacent. The teams here are of real quality and you can’t take your foot off the gas. These things happen. We’ve played enough cricket to know where we have gone wrong,” Rabada added.

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DC skipper Shreyas Iyer, however, stated that the losses at this stage will only help the team. He said, “We are disappointed with the loss but I’m glad it’s happening at this point of time because there is a lot of learning. When you go back and do your homework again, it’s important that you come up with a fresh mind and see to it that your work is done precisely.

“We need to be strong in our mind and play with freedom, not have a survival mindset. They were really good in shot selections and outplayed us in all the departments. So, kudos to their approach and their mindset.”

DC now meet Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday (October 27) in Dubai before taking on table-toppers Mumbai Indians on October 31.